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China's interventions in the tech industry: The dark side of state capitalism

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Bad state or good state? The traditional answer in the free-market West is simple: The state should set frameworks and rules, ensure internal and external security, protect property rights, provide…

Hidden champions – adapting to change through innovation

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For these so-called hidden champions – a term coined by Professor Hermann Simon – innovation is a core, defining feature alongside a focus on narrow markets, a high degree of customer orientation,…

In corporate transformation, learning is a leadership imperative

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Over the last two decades, the automotive industry has undergone a profound transformation. A number of factors have driven this disruption: Regulators have pushed for emission-free, carbon-neutral…

To win with AI, focus on our humanity

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The bacteria have developed resistance and the number of deaths is on track to hit ten million a year, making the tragedy of Covid-19 pale by comparison. Scientists have tried for decades to find a…

Predicting burn-out risk in the digital era

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“Nineteen years ago, my ‘perfect’ life fell apart. I had no energy. I could not handle sound, light, or movement. I could not focus or handle information. I could not eat, sleep, or cry. My hard disk…

The umpire can’t also own the team

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Last year, business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce raised $374 billion in the US alone, corresponding to 10 percent of its total retail revenue (Statista). Amazon emerged as the dominant e-commerce…

Governing the digital ID – How Germany and the EU plan to reclaim our digital sovereignty

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The implementation of digital identity schemes at the national level offers huge economic potential for countries. According to one study from McKinsey Global Institute, countries that implement a…

Green finance upside down

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, requiring massive joint efforts by government, the private sector, the science community, and civil society. For some time now,…

Non-Executive Directors Can Make Climate Neutrality A Reality

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The business community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic reveals national differences. In the US and in the UK, the answer is primarily dividends. In Germany, where the social market economy is…

In the spotlight – What Hollywood can teach today’s business leaders about virtual meetings

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What are you up to this evening? For many of us still locked down in our own four walls, there is one rather predictable answer: Netflix! Ironically, despite interminable video conferencing during…